The Nebraska Cornhuskers dropped to No. 10 in Week 2 of the Land of 10 Power Poll, which was released Sunday. That’s a drop of two spots from Week 1.
Nebraska lost to Oregon 42-35 on Saturday, which doesn’t help any argument for ranking the Huskers higher right now. While Nebraska’s defense was able to find its energy in the second half, it was a little too late by the end (especially with the struggles of quarterback Tanner Lee and the offense at times). The Huskers allowed 42 points to the Ducks in the first half, which proved to be too many to overcome.
The power poll consists of 13 Land of 10 voters — each of whom covers at least one Big Ten team.
Week 2 Land of 10 Power Poll vote totals
- Penn State (12)…168
- Michigan (1)…154
- Ohio State…140
- Michigan State…69
How I voted
I’m not going to lie to you. The Week 2 power poll was not an easy one to vote in. And one day later, I’m still not even that happy with what I settled on (looking at you, Purdue). College football is truly back.
Anyway, I bumped Penn State up to the No. 1 spot after Ohio State’s loss to Oklahoma. I could have swapped the Buckeyes with Wisconsin, and maybe should have, but I’m still pretty confident in Ohio State this season. I had predicted Oklahoma to make it to the College Football Playoffs, so I figured that was going to be a tough matchup against the Sooners.
One major thing I rectified after my ballot last week is Maryland. The Terps moved into No. 5 on my list, which is a well-deserved move at this point. Hard to say what Maryland will accomplish the rest of the season, but I’m thinking the Terps might be the Big Ten’s most improved team when it’s all said and done. Good for them.
Nebraska is also slowly creeping out of the top 10. Hopefully the Huskers can get back on track against Northern Illinois in Week 3 (and they should), but it’ll likely take a win against the likes of Wisconsin or Ohio State to make the move back toward the top of the list.
Here’s my full ballot for the poll this week:
1. Penn State
3. Ohio State
7. Michigan State